Robert Morris vs. Delaware
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA -- Sophomore Nick LoManto (at right) scored a career-high three goals and Alex Smith won his first 23 faceoffs as No. 18 University of Delaware stormed out to a 10-goal halftime lead and cruised to a 19-4 Colonial Athletic Association menís lacrosse victory over host Robert Morris in its regular season finale Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Hens (9-5, 4-2 CAA), who got 12 of their goals from freshmen and sophomores, won their third straight game and clinched third place in the CAA standings. Coupled with Drexelís 8-7 win over Hofstra Saturday, the Hens clinched third place and will travel to No. 2 Drexel this Wednesday, May 2 for a 7 p.m. CAA semifinal game in Philadelphia.

Robert Morris (3-9, 0-6 CAA) ended its season with a seven-game losing streak. The Colonials got two goals each from Andrew Wat and from Carlo Sunseri.

The Hens, who have now won nine or more games four straight years, held a 43-15 advantage in shots, posted a 30-7 edge in groundballs, won 24 of 27 faceoffs, and took advantage of 25 RMU turnovers.

Delaware, which ranks fifth in the nation in scoring offense at 11.69 goals per game, scored 19 or more goals for the fifth time this season, peppering 43 shots on four different RMU netminders.

LoManto was among 12 players to score a goal as he netted his first career hat trick with three goals, all in the third quarter. Curtis Dickson and Adam Zuder-Havens each added two goals and an assist while Martin Cahill, Marty Kupprion, and Andrew Unthank scored two goals each.

Senior Alex Smith, who leads the NCAA in faceoffs and groundballs, won his first 23 faceoffs and finished by winning 23 of 24 and scooping up 14 groundballs and also tied the school record by playing in his 64th career game.

Delaware goalkeepers Tommy Scherr and Warren Mayberry combined to allow a season-low four goals with Mayberry posting six saves in 30 minutes and Scherr one save in 30 minutes. The Hens played without third-leading scorer Jordan Hall, who was resting an injury.

Delaware scored first as Dan Deckelbaum tallied off a feed from Vincent Giordano just under three minutes into the game, but Robert Morris came back to tie the game three minutes later when Watt scored with 9:20 left in the opening stanza.

But that was the last time the Colonials would hold a share of the lead as the Hens scored four straight goals, including two by Zuder-Havens, to take a 5-1 lead after one quarter and scored the first three goals of the second quarter to build the lead to 8-1.

Watt scored his second goal of the game with 5:10 to break the Delaware run, but the Hens answered with four straight goals over the final four minutes of the half, including two by Cahill, to take a 12-2 lead into the break.

Sunseri scored his first goal for RMU with 6:37 left in the third quarter to pull the Colonials to within 13-3, but LoManto scored three straight goals over a span of 3:05 to up the lead to 16-3.